Fox Theatre

119 S. Tower Avenue,
Centralia, WA 98531

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This single screen theater opened on September 5, 1930, with Buster Keaton in “Doughboys”. The Fox Theatre was designed by architect Frank Wynkoop, working out of the office of Robert C. Reamer, with B. Marcus Priteca acting as consultant. It originally had 1,200 seats on three levels and was operated successfully for decades, until it was closed in 1998 (as a triple screen theatre) by its operator, Act III Theatres.

The Fox Theatre was sold to the non-profit group Opera Pacfica in 2004, which began the process of restoring the theater. It was occasionally used for movie screenings. It was bought back by the city of Centralia in 2007, and restoration work continues. Film performances began in early-2009.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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cjstewart on September 15, 2011 at 3:32 am

Come and visit us on Facebook.

Our wonderful Fox Theatre is an important part of the history of our town Centralia, WA. Our own native son, Scott White is now the man in charge of the restoration and activites of the theater. Our goal is to revitalize the Fox as a performing arts center, a multiple use event center.

We love Cinema Treasures, so much wonderful information about the theaters that all made us love movies. The information you have accumulated here is truly amazing….kudos CT!!!!!!

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

2010 photos can be seen here, here, here, here, and here. The owner of the theater has told me that this marquee is now gone.

KenLayton on November 28, 2012 at 11:40 pm

On Friday December 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm the brand new marquee will be revealed and lit up.

Mikeyisirish on November 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

That’s great! I look forward to photographing it!

KenLayton on November 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm

There is a picture of the new marquee still on the back of a flatbed truck on the theater’s Facebook page now. It looks great!

Mikeyisirish on November 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Ken, do you work for the Fox?

KenLayton on November 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I’ve worked at the Fox in the past.

KenLayton on December 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Pictures of the new marquee (both lighted and unlighted) are on the theater’s facebook page:

KenLayton on December 12, 2013 at 12:32 am

Pictures of the new awning and neon signage are now on their facebook page. The new awning was just installed yesterday and I hear it’s fantastic. It was made by a sign company in Sacramento, California.

KenLayton on December 15, 2013 at 1:00 am

There are now pictures posted on their Facebook page of the new awning all lit up. It sure is colorful!

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